After years of being hammered on providing fee subsidies for "special events" in Los Angeles including those such as The Oscars, etc. - and faced with severe budget cuts - the LA City Council cut back on the funds available for traffic control for Dodger games, Hollywood Bowl performances, etc. As expected, the cash is nearly run out and the expectation is that the operators of these events should pony up for the cost. Fair enough however some within City Hall feel this is a "burden" and all of a sudden funds have been found to "loan" to the event operators to be paid back later. Yea When?
There might be a chance that the Rams could once again play in the LA Coliseum. Okay maybe not but now that it looks like Ed Roski will get the chance to build a new football stadium in the City of Industry and buy an NFL team talk has turned to where that team will play while the stadium is under construction. John Semcken of Roski's Majestic Realty is saying that the new team could play in either the Rose Bowl or Coliseum in 2011 and 2012, moving into Industry for the 2013 season.
With both Amazon and Sony battling it out in the digital books space - and now Barnes and Noble stores as well - Councilmember Bernard Parks has a great idea: have LA's libraries invest more in e-books than hardcover versions which require additional expense, storage, etc. It is definitely the future and worth investigating. Still, we're sure Betty Pleasant will figure out some insult about the plan.
Local gasbags are up in arms over a VICA sponsored CD2 debate at Woodbury University because the University's mailing address is in Burbank. However the campus is located within the City of Los Angeles in Sun Valley and has a Sun Valley telephone prefix. The brouhaha was enough for the Daily News to write it up however primarily getting much of their "journalism" from an email protest blast sent by the gasbags. The story was so lazily put together as to even attribute a quote from me to VICA's Stuart Waldman.
Once again the Latino Politics Blog is on the mark. Legislation introduced by lesser known Sanchez sister, Congresswoman Linda of Orange County, seeks to curb "cyber-bullying." However the far-reaching regulation is so heavy handed and worded as such it could wind up imposing fines and jail sentences on bloggers or even blog commenters who are critical of politicians and others.